Full of poignant moments, "My Name is Lucy Barton" is a story of few words but one full of meaning. Lucy is looking back at her life and the people who have helped shape it. It's realistic and it's honest. I'm scoring my first Elizabeth Strout book 4 shiny stars!
I found that this book didn't work for me. I enjoyed the first few chapters but I felt like I couldn't connect with the main character while jumping back and forth in time. I'd have loved a book with a little more Tracey and a little less Aimee, a little more school days and a little less plodding along building a school in Africa. After wanting to read this for so long, I'm sad to say it's 2 stars for Zadie Smith's "Swing Time".
"The Bone Clocks" was a massive disappointment. Full of characters I didn't care for and plot points that didn't have any relevance to the story whatsoever, I struggled to finish this book and am glad to have returned it to the library. Holly Sykes was a great character but those around her didn't add much to the story and just made it drag on and on and on. I didn't hate it, but I couldn't love it so "The Bone Clocks" gets 2 stars from me.
Yaa Gyasi's "Homegoing" has easily earned it's place in my list of favourites. A brutal, honest look at the slave trade and its legacy, the story explores the families of two half sisters with very different destinies. I fell in love with each of the characters and couldn't wait to pick it up again. Needless to say, it's 5 stars from me.
I know I'm in the minority here but I really couldn't get into this book. In a post apocalyptic world, a group of travelling musicians and actors wasn't enough to keep my gripped or engaged. Not awful, but with too much going on and not enough attention paid to characters and crucial plot points, "Station Eleven" is getting 2 stars from me.
An enjoyable read about a disastrous "Grand Tour" and the dynamics between the family members who have embarked on it. A light read which is still able to delve into some serious topics. Slightly too dragged out for my liking which scores David Nicholls' "Us" three stars.